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Press Releases 2016

22.12.2016 Oberstown Industrial Action deferral welcome - Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Oberstown Industrial Action deferral welcome - Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Thursday 22nd December, 2016 “The deferral of planned industrial action at the Oberstown Campus is welcome and in the best interests of all at the North Dublin Centre. I urge all sides to fully engage with the independent expert who will review health and safety on the site.”ENDS//

Published on 22 December 2016

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19.12.2016 Una Mullally appointed Independent Chair of first LGBT National Youth Strategy - Consultations with young people to commence in New Year -

Una Mullally appointed Independent Chair of first LGBT National Youth Strategy. Consultations with young people to commence in New Year. Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Monday 19th December, 2016Author, Journalist and Activist Una Mullally has been appointed as Independent Chair of the group to oversee the first ever National LGBT Youth Strategy by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The group will consult and

Published on 19 December 2016

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16.12.2016 Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced four new appointments of the Board of Tusla, the Child and

Appointments to the Board of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Friday 16th December, 2016. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, has announced four new appointments of the Board of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.  The following persons have been appointed to the Board with effect from 1 January, 2017, to fill four impending vacancies:·    Professor Áine Hyland.   Ms Deirdre Kiely.·   

Published on 16 December 2016

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15.12.2016 Free Childcare for Homeless Children - 2,110 Children aged 0-5 years to benefit from €8.25m scheme

Statement by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,Thursday 15th December, 2016 Free Childcare for Homeless Children 2,110 Children aged 0-5 years to benefit from €8.25m scheme

Published on 15 December 2016

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13.12.2016 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanto

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D., and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton, T.D., today jointly published a progress report on 'Tackling Youth Crime' the Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018.

Published on 13 December 2016

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09.12.2016 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., hosted an Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy

Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy - Friday 9th December, 2016The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs hosted an Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy, at Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday 7th December. The event, which brought together more than 80 experts, practitioners and stakeholders, was a key step in the development of Ireland's first ever national strategy for young children.The event provided an opportunity to take stock of the ongoing

Published on 09 December 2016

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07.12.2016 New national analysis of childcare services shows sharp increase in children availing of free pre-school year - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has

New national analysis of childcare services shows sharp increase in children availing of free pre-school yearDun Laoghaire-Rathdown has highest childcare costs, with Monaghan the lowestWednesday 7th December, 2016A new report which provides an overview of the 4,300 facilities providing childcare services across Ireland shows that between September 2015 and June 2016, 73,964 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) free preschool year. This represents an increase of 13%

Published on 07 December 2016

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25.11.2016 Brexit and Young People–Joint approach needed across Irish Sea-Zappone joins youth Ministers at British-Irish Council (Friday) Statement

Young people on both sides of the Irish Sea must be given an active voice in the Brexit process, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Speaking ahead of a meeting of the British-Irish Council Minister Zappone said the

Published on 25 November 2016

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25.11.2016 Minister Zappone publishes the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016

An adopted person aged 18 years or over who was adopted prior to commencement will have a statutory entitlement to the information required to apply for his or her birth certificate, subject to certain conditions.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today published the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.The Minister said “I am delighted to be able to

Published on 25 November 2016

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24.11.2016 Young people showcase their local civic engagement in Comhairle na nÓg Showcase 2016

Youth councils around the country target mental health, well-being and facilities for young people 24th November 2016Croke Park, Hogan Stand Suite500 young people, aged 12 -17, from Comhairle na nÓg all over Ireland today (24/11/2016) showcased their trojan work from the past year in protecting the rights of young people and projecting their voices amongst decision makers countrywide. Dr.

Published on 24 November 2016

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18.11.2016 North South Ministerial Council Armagh Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Impact of Brexit on 100,000 Children must be considered Brexit Dialogue must include Human rights obligations of Good Friday Similar Child Protection Standards needed across Ireland    Friday 18th November, 2016Taoiseach, Ministers, Colleagues,An estimated 100,000 children and young people in our border regions will face the full impact of Brexit every day.Hundreds

Published on 18 November 2016

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26.10.16 Minister Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced the commencement of new youth services for young people aged 1

“I am pleased to announce that I have authorised the commencement of the youth work schemes this month in South East Cavan, West Wicklow, Drogheda, County Louth, in Cahir, County Tipperary and in the Fethard / Killenaule area of Tipperary.” 

Published on 26 October 2016

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22.10.2016 Young People to benefit from €57m in funding
10% boost in funding offers new opportunities for sport, arts and community project

 Young People to benefit from €57m in funding10% boost in funding offers new opportunities for sport, arts and community projectsZappone confirms funding boost ahead of meetings with National Youth OrganisationsStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Saturday 22nd October, 2016Young people across the country are to benefit from an allocation in youth funding of just over €57m which represents a 10%, according to the Minister for

Published on 22 October 2016

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11.10.2016 Budget 2017: Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

€ 1.3 billion investment in children and young people
Early Years Funding increases by 35% to €466m to allow new Affordable Childcare Scheme
Tusla allocation increases to over €713m
Tuesday 11th October, 2016
A 15% increase in funding has been secured for services to support children, young people and families in Budget 2017, according to Minister

Published on 11 October 2016

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22.09.2016 Minister Zappone - Launch of 'Healthy Lifestyles – Have Your Say' A report of consultations with children and young people

“I am very pleased to launch Healthy Lifestyles Have Your Say which outlines the views of children and young people on factors that help and hinder them in having a healthy lifestyle”, said Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.The Minister was speaking at the

Published on 22 September 2016

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19.09.2016 Review of Operations of Oberstown Children Detention Campus International Experts will measure procedures against 'best practice - Joint

A review of operations of the Oberstown Children Detention Campus has been announced today (Monday 19th September 2016).The review which will be conducted by two international experts (see Note to Editors) will reflect on the

Published on 19 September 2016

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16.09.2016 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, on receiving the 2nd Interim Report of the Commission of I

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has today submitted a 2nd Interim Report to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. This Report has been prepared in response to the Minister's request that the Commission would, in

Published on 16 September 2016

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06.09.2016 Thousands of extra children joining free pre-schoolExpanded childcare scheme represents saving of €4,000 per child

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Up to 85,000 are registering for free childcare in preschools across the country following a major expansion of the scheme, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.All children can now enter the scheme on reaching the age of three

Published on 07 September 2016

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02.09.2016 Minister Zappone welcomes the postponement of the proposed industrial action at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today (Friday 2nd September) welcomed the postponement of the proposed industrial action at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus on Monday next 5th September 2016. Talks are due to resume between the representatives of staff unions and management which will take place under the

Published on 02 September 2016

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19.08.2016 National Collaborative Forum for the Early Years Care and Education Sector (The Early Years Forum (EYF))

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has established the National Collaborative Forum for the Early Years Care and Education Sector, which will be known as the Early Years Forum. The Forum will facilitate the discussion of issues of relevance among key stakeholders, as well as enabling consultation and engagement between the Minister,

Published on 19 August 2016

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18.08.2016 Cuireann an tAire Zappone fáilte roimh síniú an Chomhaontaithe Riarthachidir tíortha leis na hOileáin Fhilipíneacha

Chuir an tAire Zappone fáilte roimh siniú oifigiúl an Chomhaontaithe Riarthach faoi uchtú idirtíortha idir Údarás Uchtála na hÉireann agus an Bord Uchtála hOileáin Fhilipíneacha Idirthíortha inniú. Leagann

Published on 18 August 2016

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18.08.2016 Minister Zappone welcomes signing of Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption with the Philippines

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today (Thursday 18th August) welcomed the official signing of the Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption between the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Philippines Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB). This Administrative Agreement sets out in detail how intercountry adoption will operate

Published on 18 August 2016

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27.07.2016 New Timeline for two Mother and Baby Home Reports will not delay Government response to Commission findings

Government decision clears way for large number of witnesses to be accommodated - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Published on 27 July 2016

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08.07.2016 €6.5m investment for major childcare expansion, 60,000 extra children to avail of free services starting in September - Statement by

Dr Katherine Zappone, TD has today announced that more than €6.5m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide. This represents an increase of over 2.5m on the amount of €4m

Published on 08 July 2016

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01.07.2016 Seolann an tAire Taispeántas Ghrianghraf ag céiliúradh éagsúlacht san Ionchathair Thuaidh. Ag comhcúram na leanaí go léir na tire go cothr

Ráiteas ón tAire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, Dr. Katherine Zappone TDDeireann an tAire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, Dr Katherine Zappone, nach bhfuil aon

Published on 01 July 2016

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01.07.2016 Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Launching the Hill Street Family Resource Centre's Photo Ex

'Cherishing All Children of the Nation Equally' - Hill St Exhibition celebrating diversity in North Inner City.

Published on 01 July 2016

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30.06.2016 Publication of Reports of Education-focused Inspection in Early-Years Settings participating in theEarly Childhood Care and Education (ECC

The first reports of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills today. These inspections examine the quality of

Published on 30 June 2016

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15.06.2016 Better Pre-School Access for Children with Disabilities'Access and Inclusion Model: AIM' unveiledMinister Zappone urges Parents to apply

Children with disabilities will have better access to pre-school under a new programme of supports unveiled today (15th June 2016) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD.Announcing the new Access and Inclusion Model, or AIM, Minister Zappone said “This is an important step to break-down barriers

Published on 15 June 2016

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15.06.2016 Children's vision for Ireland of the future reimagined in special event at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of the Centenary Programme

Hundreds of children and young people will attend a special ceremonial event at Áras an Uachtaráin today (Wednesday 15th June) to remember the 40 children who died in the Easter Rising and to share their vision for Ireland.As part of Ireland 2016, and in partnership with the Department of Children and Youth

Published on 15 June 2016

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31.05.2016 Minister Zappone comments on industrial action in Oberstown Children Detention Campus

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD has expressed regret at the decision of care staff in the Oberstown Children Detention Campus, Oberstown, Lusk Co Dublin to engage in industrial action today, 31 May 2016.  “I very much regret the decision of Oberstown care staff to engage in industrial action today.  I understand their concerns relate

Published on 31 May 2016

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30.05.2016 Minister Zappone attends Council of Ministers

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will today (30 May 2016) attend the Council meeting of Ministers for Youth in Brussels. Ministers will debate the role of youth policy and the youth sector in developing an integrated approach to support youth in their identity development. The discussions will focus on how strong and positive identity development is essential for young people to become competent

Published on 30 May 2016

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